President Obama: ‘Amazing Grace’

For reasons I do not understand, I am not able to post video in this blog software. I had asked our more tech savvy bloggers to post President Obama’s eulogy for the Rev. Senator Clementa Pickney from Charleston, S.C. on Friday, but somehow that never happened. So bear with me.

Here is a link to the full eulogy. Watch on YouTube. You can Read the full eulogy here, but you really must watch this eulogy if you have not already done so. Every American ought to watch this powerful and deeply moving speech.

Pinckney

This eulogy will be recounted by historians as one of the greatest speeches by an American president. This was a tour de force by President Obama on America’s race relations 150 years after the end of the Civil War, and 50 years removed from the hard won victories of the Civil Rights Movement. There are echoes of Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society” speeches, and Abraham Lincoln’s speeches on healing the Union. It is a call for introspection on how far we have come, but as sinners,  how far we have yet to go to “achieve a more perfect union.” It is a clarion call for action.

This eulogy is a speech that only this president, with this confluence of events, at this particular time in our history could give.

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